Breaking ground on the Cole Music Pavilion are, from left to right, Bob Cole Conservatory Director John Carnahan, CSULB President F. King Alexander, Regena Cole, Cole Scholar Rodolfo Silva, College of the Arts Dean Raymond Torres-Santos and Provost Donald J. Para.
Groundbreaking for the new Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Pavilion and Plaza took place Sept. 23, attended by a host of guests including Regena Cole, widow of music program benefactor Bob Cole.
Completely funded through private donations, the project includes an exhibit honoring the legacy of Bob Cole, terraced seating adjacent to practice rooms that will serve as an amphitheater, a new entry plaza, renovation of the existing Music Complex and new landscaping and walking paths.
April was a good month for Pacific Standard Time, the top vocal jazz ensemble in CSULB’s Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.
The group earned the 2010 DownBeat Award for Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble in the collegiate division as part of DownBeat Magazine’s 34th annual Student Music Awards list. The magazine selects a roster of the best in student jazz from all over the nation, giving recognition to middle school, high school, college and university programs, along with kudos for individual efforts by arrangers, soloists and composers.
“The vocal jazz program has received awards for five of the last six years,” noted Christine Guter, CSULB’s director of vocal jazz.
CSULB also fared well at April’s Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival where Pacific Standard Time captured top honors in the College Vocal Ensemble Division and earned an invitation to perform at the 54th annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September along with a $1,000 prize to the university. In addition, CSULB’s Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, head of jazz studies, placed third in the College Big Band Division.